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Hannity Uses Mumbai Bombings To Attack New York Times

Reported by Ellen - July 12, 2006 -

The Mumbai bombings were the top story on Hannity & Colmes last night (7/11/06) but for Sean Hannity, the incidents were just another excuse to attack the New York Times.

The only guest for the discussion was Tom Ridge, former head of the Department of Homeland Security. There was no Democratic guest.

Hannity’s first question was whether or not the attacks were part of global terrorism. Ridge opined that it was part of the ongoing sectarian violence in India, not global terrorism. That was it for Hannity’s interest in the tragedy which killed and injured hundreds of people. He immediately turned his attention to The New York Times.

Apparently convinced that his one question about India had demonstrated that his concern was entirely non-partisan, Hannity’s voice oozed with phony-baloney Hanctimony as he asked, “Mr Secretary, we know that the 9/11 Commission members – Lee Hamilton, Tom Keane, we know the president, we know the Treasury Secretary, we know that all of them asked in this battle that we’re engaged in, the war on terror – they all asked the New York Times not to disclose this financial program that had been effective for them as a tool in the war on terror. But they decided to do it anyway. We now know that a leak also contributed to the early release of the story of the Path trains in New Jersey. How dangerous is this when the media seems to be working against the best interests of the American people?”

Ridge answered somewhat noncommittally. “Sometimes you do wonder the need to release specific details about the kind of investigation or the kind of process we’re using to try to identify terrorists and pre-empt their actions before it occurs. It’s one thing to report – I think it would not necessarily be news to the terrorists that we’re looking for ways to identify them - and certainly looking at financial transactions is one of those ways - but when you identify the source and the means to the end, I do think it creates problems for our investigators.”

That wasn’t strong enough condemnation for Hanctimonious Hannity, who would have you think that his only goal was the good of humanity. “But clearly you would agree that when the government of the United States has a program that’s working in this ongoing war on terrorism – you know – Look, I could be as partisan, Mr. Secretary, as anybody here but this is about our culture, this is about our children and our grandchildren, and their future. This is right and wrong to me.”

Ridge started to yield. “Sometimes you wonder… whether they take it upon themselves to decide what our foreign policy should be and what we should do to effect that policy and unfortunately, sometimes it affects in a negative way our ability to achieve the results we want.” Comment: But pay no attention to FNC’s warmongering over North Korea and Iran. Ridge didn't, either.

Hannity, still in Hanctimonious mode, said that while “some people” in the polls called the New York Times treasonous, “I would describe it as repugnant, arrogant, and immoral. What are the adjectives you would use?”

Finally, Ridge gave the answer Hannity wanted. “There are a lot of people that would agree with you.”

Then Hannity changed the subject to North Korea.

You can watch the interview on the Hannity & Colmes website.